An Orthodox Jewish family of farmers struggles with the hardships of daily life, tension with their alien neighbors and the changing moods of nationalism and enlightenment that are sweeping through the countryside. Moments of sorrow and those of happiness punctuate the lives of these determined and devoted Jewish farmers, against a backdrop of sometimes frightening political change. The lives and the way of life, portrayed in this novel are told with a deep admiration and love, which serves as a literary testimony to a reality that, 150 years later, went up in flames.
Isaac Metzker (1900-1984) emigrated from those very surroundings presented in his novel, to the USA in 1924. He was a teacher in the Workers? Circle and a writer, editor and journalist at the Jewish Daily Forward. He worked tirelessly to spread the Yiddish culture in his new homeland. He was the author of a number of books for young adult readers, historical novels and stories. He was also the editor of two popular volumes titled, ?A Bintel Brief.?
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